–NFF boss harps on capacity building for local referees
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, as a member of the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations is CAF’s top organising body.
In a letter signed by CAF President, Alhaji Issa Hayatou, CAF invited the NFF supremo amongst other African football technocrats to the opening ceremony of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations in Malabo on January 17, 2015, and also to coordinate one of the four centres during the three –week, 16 –nation tournament, the official CAF website reports.
The 30th Africa Cup of Nations will take place in four Equatorial Guinea cities 17th January – 8th February, 2015.
Meanwhile, Pinnick has disclosed that the new NFF administration is striving to enhance the capacity of Nigeria’s referees in order to be able to improve the lot of football on the domestic front.
“We fully appreciate the position of the League as the bedrock of our football. That is why we are determined to improve every facet of the game,” Pinnick stated.
“We want to start with the referees because they are critical to the matches. Referees have the power to influence the course and complexion of games, for good or for bad. If the referees are firm and incorruptible, we would be on the road to sanity.”
Pinnick added: “We are not only aiming to enhance the capacity of referees; we intend to enhance their remuneration as well. In England, referees indemnities are paid by one company. We will try to do the same here. We are already talking to some corporate organisations with a view to helping with payment of referees’ indemnities.
“After the above steps are taken to improve the lot of referees, any of them caught in shady business will not only be blacklisted, he or she will also be prosecuted.”
The 11 elite Nigerian referees listed for the two-week capacity-enhancing programme in England have been granted entry visas into the United Kingdom.
According to the Head of the Communications department of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, the referees constitute the first batch of arbiters to be afforded capacity-enhancing opportunities with a view to improving officiating of the domestic League.
Those on the trip to England include; Ferdinand Udoh, Shuaibu Abdullahi, Usman Isah, Samuel Pwadutakan, Tope Orowole, Egudia Efosa, Peter Ogwu, Paul Umuago, Musa Dung Davon, Olayinka Olayide and Ukah Ndubuisi.